Ga. Gay-Straight Alliance Summit provides tools for LGBT students The GA Voice Editors February 17, 2012 Today in Gay Atlanta MORE INFORMATION: Georgia GSA Youth SummitSaturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.Georgia State University College of Educationgeorgiayouthsummit.blogspot.com “Research shows that when you have a GSA, it’s not only LGBTQ students that feel safer, all students feel safer,” Singh says. “The summit is a place where we can link students with one another and with resources that they may not have access to.” Unfortunately, GSA organizations often face difficulties, especially here in the Deep South. “The hard thing is that in Georgia, there can be a lot of obstacles in setting up a GSA, whether it’s difficulty in finding support or fear of disclosing that you’re queer or trans,” Singh says. Support from adults, whether parents, school faculty or staff, is crucial, she says. “The responsibility needs to be on adults, whether they’re straight, queer or trans, to make sure that GSAs are held. Queer and trans youth need our support,” Singh notes. Workshops for this year’s event include “Starting and Developing a GSA,” “Bullying and Safety” and “LGBTQ Pop Culture and Transgender Identities.” The Georgia Young Advocate Award will also be given to a “deserving youth who has demonstrated a commitment to LGBTQQA advocacy in his or her community.” The keynote speaker for the conference is slated to be Ga. State Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates). Drenner was Georgia’s first openly gay state legislator and is currently one of four openly LGBT members of the Georgia General Assembly. Following the summit, there will be a dance at Phillip Rush Center that will give conference participants a chance to mingle and have fun in a safe and supportive environment, Singh says. Top photo: Attendees at last year’s GSA Summit participated in workshops designed to empower them to be advocates at their schools. (by Dyana Bagby) SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website + six = 12 Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.